CHICAGO TOURIST CUDDLES WITH A LION IN SOUTH AFRICA..AND LIVES TO TELL ABOUT IT

posted by Mark Robertson - 

Ted Papastefan deals with some savage customers in his job as a Chicago grocery store manager, but they’re nothing like the wild animal he encountered on a recent vacation.

Papastefan and his wife, Sophie, traveled to South Africa and came home with an incredible story that would be hard to believe if there weren't pictures to prove it. 

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It happened at the Bagamoya Wildlife Estate, in Maselspoort, South Africa, an animal sanctuary.

Papastefan wanted some good photos, but when he entered the sanctuary, he said a 19-month-old lion “came charging toward” him.

Instead of being terrified, the excited Papastefan said, “I could tell the animal just wanted to play.”

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His horrified wife, who was nearby and saw the beast knock Papastefan to the ground and roll on top of him, started frantically yelling his name.

But once Sophie realized the big cat just wanted to cuddle and that Papastefan was enjoying himself, she began capturing the frightful encounter on her phone. 

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